Friday, August 30, 2013

My kids' current chore chart...

...and let's not forget our reward system...

Well, I finally seem to have found something that works...  The chores themselves have stayed pretty much the same, and the penny jars are still in place, but trial and error has given way to the latest incarnation of our family's chore chart:

...I got the idea here...

This one was a crazy amount of work (which has made me more likely to enforce it, given the amount of effort that went into making it).  Sawing the wood... sizing, tracing and painting the lettering...  painting the hooks...  designing, printing, stickering, "laminating" and outlining the tags...  etc.  Yeah, LOTS of work.

So, here's how it works...  each child has two hooks -one for chores that they need to do, and one for the chores they've already done.  The tags have a chore and a corresponding picture on the front and stickers representing the value of the chore; one sticker = one cent (for now...  doing it this way should make it easy to give the kids "raises" in the future).  Some tags are outlined in each of the kids colors, which makes it easy for me to pick out whose tags are whose, while others stayed white so I can hand them out to anybody.  When they've finished a chore, they move it down.  Simple concept.  The extra hooks on either end are for any extra chores that I'd like done, but don't expect to be done...  it gives them a chance to earn a little more if they want to.  At the end of the day (or the next day), while I set up the next day's chores, I look at count up the stickers they've earned and pay each child accordingly (payments go into their penny jars).

Here's a list of their chores (and how many stickers they have on the back)...

     These are the ones that each of the kids have and are expected to do every day:
  • pick up your bedroom (1)

    • pick up your stuff (throughout the rest of the house) (1)
    • make your bed (1)
    • put your laundry down the laundry chute (0)
         Each of the kids have these, but they're not necessarily daily chores for them:
    • load dishwasher (2)
    • empty dishwasher (2)
    • wash/dry laundry (2)
    • sort laundry (2)
    • fold/put away laundry (2)
         This one is for Moo:
    • practice violin (0)
         These are the ones they take turns doing:
    • take out garbage (2)
    • take out both bathroom garbages (2)
    • take out recycling (2)
    • sweep kitchen (2)
    • sweep living room/dining room (2)
    • sweep O's room (2)
    • sweep bathroom/hallway (2)
    • sweep girls' room (2)
    • sweep kitchen (2)
    • swiffer living room/dining room (2)
    • swiffer bathroom/hallway (2)
    • swiffer girls' room (2)
    • swiffer kitchen (2)
    • swiffer O's room (2)
    • feed Fluffy morning (1)
    • water fluffy morning (1)
    • feed fluffy evening (1)
    • water fluffy evening (1)
    • litter box (3)
    • scrub toilet (2)
    • scrub tub/shower (3)
    • wipe bathroom (2)
    • wipe light switches/doorknobs (1)
    • wipe dining table/benches (2)
    • set table for dinner (2)
    • clear/wipe both living room tables (2)
    • dust living room (2)
    • dust dining room (2)
    • dust O's room (2)
    • dust girls' room (2)
    • straighten couches (1)
    • fold/put away laundry that isn't yours (3)
    • help with organizing (2)
    I know it's a big, long list but they generally don't have more than one or two chores on top of their daily stuff.  We've been doing this for a couple of months and it's really been working well.  

    In addition to this, I've introduced another reward system for big jobs that they don't complain about, jobs outside of the house (like helping Kitty Gramma clean up around her house or emptying Miss Nikki's dishwasher)...  but I'll post about that another day (I think this one is wordy enough already).

    What kind of system works in your house?

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    This week's menu... 8/26/13-9/1/13...

    So it's been a little while since my last post and lots has happened since then...  the biggest thing is that the kids went back to school last Wednesday!  Yay!  As a result of back-to-school time, lots of organizing has happened around here, but I'll post about that another day.  

    This is what we're eating this week...

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    This week's menu... 8/12/13-8/18/13...

    Well, my boy's fifth birthday went very well for him...  Chuck E. Cheese was a blast for all of the kids (and a few of the adults, I think!), then we finished off the day at my husband's aunt and uncle's house for a family party...  LOTS of fun. favorite picture from yesterday...

    However, I started losing my voice before we even left the first party.  I feel like crap today...  I'm a little relieved to have so many leftovers to start this week with, that means less work for this sick mom.

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    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    The countdown is on...

    Yes folks, it's that time of year again.....  THE KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

    ---no, I'm not excited...  why do you ask?

    ...just kidding...  I can't wait!

    Now, I know the kids would be offended at this, so let me clarify:  I'm not excited that they'll be gone all day, I'm excited that I'll have more time to focus on some of the projects that I've had on my to-do list for far too long...  and that it'll be quiet because they'll be gone all day.  ;o)

    So, I mentioned some of the organizational YouTubers that I've been watching awhile ago (I'm not sure which post...  maybe I'll link to it in the future, just not right at this moment).  One of them is At Home With Nikki, she does lots of organizational, time management, cleaning and decorating videos (apparently she has a blog, but I haven't checked it out at this point).  About two weeks ago she posted this video full of back to school tips...

    Well, I jumped on it and went out and got supplies to make my own school information binder for the kids.  I'm so happy with it so far!  It has already helped me to stay on track with the little bits of registration that we I was slacking on.

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    Monday, August 5, 2013

    This week's menu... 8/5/13-8/11/13...

    So, I've been a slacker with the blog posts again, BUT I've been a busy lady otherwise!  The kids are *almost* ready to go back to school (I just have to scrounge up some old shirts to use as art smocks and make sure their gym shoes fit/are in decent condition.  Otherwise, all of their supplies are purchased/labeled/ready to go!  Aaaannnnddd....  I put together a school binder with all of the kids info. for myself!

    ...I'm pretty proud of myself...
    (there will probably be a blog post about this soon)  

    ...anyway onto the topic at hand...

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